2015 Gifted Oratorical Contest
Armuchee Middle eighth-grader wins annual speech contest
Posted on 01/23/2015
Kayla Hutcherson, and eighth-grader at Armuchee Middle School, has won the 2015 Floyd County Schools Gifted Oratorical Contest.   The event was started in 2009 to allow gifted students to display their academic skill and connect with other gifted students. "Just as athletes showcase their talents, we want our academically gifted students to have the opportunity to display their academic skill and talent," stated McCall Govignon, director of advanced programs for Floyd County Schools. 

Hutcherson and participants from Armuchee Middle, Coosa Middle, Model Middle and Pepperell Middle competed in the seventh annual oratorical contest on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at the Floyd County Board of Education office.  

The gifted students competed at the school level to represent their school and advance to the system contest.  The top two qualifiers from each school participated in the system contest for grades 6 through 8.  The students were judged on poise, content of their speech, delivery and overall effectiveness.  Each contestant was to give a speech of no more than five minutes on an assigned topic.

Placements in the 2015 Oratorical Contest were:
  • First Place: Kayla Hutcherson, Armuchee Middle School
  • Second Place: Logan Angle, Model Middle School 
  • Third Place: Trisha Dobson, Pepperell Middle School

Participants included:
  • Shiloh St. Clair, Armuchee Middle School
  • Kayla Hucherson, Armuchee Middle School
  • Zac Mitchell, Coosa Middle School
  • Cynthia McKinney, Coosa Middle School
  • Logan Angle, Model Middle School
  • Libby Upton, Model Middle School
  • Trisha Dobson, Pepperell Middle School
  • Kinsey Pyles, Pepperell Middle School   
Hutcherson will deliver her winning speech and be honored for her accomplishment at the February Board of Education meeting to be held on Tuesday, February 3 at 6 p.m.